The 5 Solas...
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The Five Solas are five Latin phrases that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the theological convictions of Martin Luther and other 'Reformers'.
The Five Solas are…
Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Solus Christus – Christ Alone
Soli Deo Gloria – For the glory of God Alone
At this point, you may be wondering, why make a big deal about a bunch of dead guys and what they did and believed 500 years ago?
The battle that they fought back then is still a battle that we are fighting today.
What makes our battle so amazing, compared to the 16th century, is this.
Back then, the common person was Biblically illiterate, due to being generally illiterate and not having a Bible to read or study.
Today, there are way too many Biblically illiterate people and we don’t have the same excuse. Most people can read and most people have, at least, one Bible in their home, in their language.
The Five Solas teach us some very important theology about the place of the Bible in our lives, how we are saved and what our purpose, on this earth, is.
What is the source of your authority to answer the questions of life?
Sola Scriptura - Scripture is the only, reliable authority for faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2-4)
Where do we come from? Science alone cannot answer this question. Where do we go after we die? Higher education alone cannot answer this question. Why do people do what they do? Psychology alone cannot answer this question. Who is God? Who is Jesus? How are we saved? What is our purpose in life? Scripture alone answers these important questions.
Sola Fide and Sola Gratia - These two 'solas' primarily answer this question, "How are we saved?"
It is impossible for sinful man to be made right before a perfect, holy God through our own efforts. Good works and any other actions (including church traditions, sacraments, baptism) cannot save us. (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 6:23)
We are saved by grace alone through faith alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Solus Christus - Who secured our salvation and who do we go to when we are in need?
God has not revealed Himself by different names to different cultures. We are saved by Christ alone. (Acts 4:12; John 14:6)
We do not need another human agent to receive forgiveness of sins nor to obtain mercy, grace and help. All of God's children have direct access to His presence for forgiveness and help. (Hebrews 4:16) This access was granted and is still given by Christ alone.
Soli Deo Gloria - Why do we do what we do? What is our motivation for life?
We should do all things for the glory of God alone. (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Scritpure alone...Faith alone...Grace alone...Christ alone...For God's glroy alone.
May the very near presence of our God be with you today and for all eternity. As we learn to rest in Him and His finished work, then we will begin to understand what part we play in His work until we see Him face to face.
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